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(2019) JELR 87051 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  SC.941/2015  •  21 Feb 2019  •  Nigeria

WALTER SAMUEL NKANU ONNOGHEN..... Justice, Supreme Court OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA..... Justice, Supreme Court AMINA ADAMU AUGIE..... Justice, Supreme Court EJEMBI EKO..... Justice, Supreme Court SIDI DAUDA BAGE..... Justice, Supreme Court


AMINA ADAMU AUGIE, J.S.C. (Delivering the Lead Judgment):

The Appellant, a Legal Practitioner practicing in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, represented a Member of the Rumu-Amadi Family at the High Court of Rivers State, in a case involving family land.

The Appellant's client lost at the High Court and he appealed to Court of Appeal, which is when things got out of hand, leading up to a Petition written by the Representatives of the Family to the Chairman of the Respondent [the NBA]'s Port-Harcourt Branch.

In the Petition dated 23/3/2013, it was alleged that while the matter was on appeal, Appellant partitioned the family land and sold plots of land; and he misrepresented himself as the Family's lawyer and began negotiating more sales without valid authority.

The Petition was referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the NBA, who after its investigations, made the following findings:

Parties were invited by the panel to give oral evidence. A thorough examination of the evidence, both oral and…

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